Winning Souls

Are we successful in the regeneration of humanity (both physically and spiritually), or are we just good at raising funds and providing essential services? Are we actively pursuing transformed lives that demonstrate evidence of renewed hope through Jesus Christ, or are we just a dispenser of charity?

“Project Create” is a Family Affair in Mountain Home, Arkansas

Combine innovative music and arts instruction with high-octane corps day camp activities and you have “Project Create,” a five-week smorgasbord for kids that is adding to the corps numbers and public awareness of the Army’s presence in the community. It has also proved to be a terrific public relations coup for The Salvation Army in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and just what the doctor ordered by the Advisory Board.

Coffee Anyone?

But, as good as it was, coffee did not answer some of the important questions that kept occurring to me. The books I had been exposed to in the school and community libraries were interesting, but it was not until I encountered the Bible that I realized I had encountered something beyond a human author’s ability to create.

Disciple-Making’s Biggest Obstacle

Truth, like music, is drowned out by noise. COVID showed us that busyness was the noise drowning out the signal.

The Cost of Saving Souls

Great revivals among God’s people and awakenings among the ungodly never begin in a great way. They begin as oak trees begin. In darkness an acorn gives up its life and the oak, first only a tiny root, is born out of the death of the acorn. So revivals are born, souls are won, the kingdom of God comes.

Our Message: Counter-Cultural and Culturally Relevant

When we spread the Good News through our personal evangelism, group worship services, Bible studies or special events – if our message is based on His Word and we trust His Spirit to use it, we are given the assurance that His Purpose will be achieved: “It is the same with My Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV).

The High Cost of NOT Making Disciples

In light of studies that call this generation of believers “the most biblically illiterate in history,” shouldn’t we consider the possibility that the pendulum has swung too far? In our attempts to emphasize community and mission, have we neglected the vital role of teaching God’s Word in a transformational way?

Eggs

Something as relatively simple and easy to take for granted as a dozen eggs in our refrigerator involves so much more than we thought.

AND FINALLY…

“With this edition we are pleased to launch a new publication – Rescue the Perishing. As far as we can tell, this is the first time The Salvation Army has devoted a publication solely to evangelism. Other publications have elements of evangelism. The War Cry immediately comes to mind. But this remains the first to inform, motivate and share issues that deal directly with soul-winning, ministry and discipleship.

The reader is asked not to be too critical of the layout or the editorial content – we had to start somewhere! But we hope in the days to come we will improve, while providing inspiring examples of what is going on in corps, among soldiers, Salvation Army programming and using whatever it takes to win people to Christ. We hope that many of you will find your story or that of your corps’ told in the pages of upcoming issues as you labor for the Lord to bring in the harvest.

The United States and the world at large is in desperate need of a Great Awakening. This is not limited to what we think should happen politically, socially, economically or even in the area of social justice, as important as all these are. But we need to see people turn to Christ, so that they can not only have new life in our Lord but to become all that God intended them to be.

The old Salvationist challenged, “Sin is horrid. Chuck it up!” Although our message may not always be that blunt, it needs to be that clear. Jesus died and was resurrected to provide the only way to Heaven. Sincerity won’t work. There are not multiple paths to God. There is but one Savior for all the world. We need to proclaim Him.”

Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee

Editor

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